We’re excited to invite you to the first ever history-making JoyUs Gala, capping the first national conference, Rite of Joy, addressing the historic mental health crisis in the Black/African American community.

Hosted by Comedian, Actor, and NAACP Image Award Nominee Ed Mabrey

October 16, 2021
5–10 pm
Networking | Dinner | Ceremony | Dancing

Unity Village
1901 NW Blue Parkway, Unity Village, MO 64065

Meet Our Host, Ed Mabrey

Ed Mabrey is an actor, author, speaker and modern-day renaissance artist. He is accepted as the greatest poet in the history of poetry slam with over 500 wins in his career, including 4 individual world titles and 6 consecutive individual regional titles.

Ed has performed and spoken for Fortune 500 companies, universities and colleges, national ceremonies, and open mics while being featured in various television broadcasts and comedy showcases.

Featured Artist Tiara Nicole

Tiara Nicole is a 35-year-old Kansas City, MO native and spoken word/slam poet. She recently won Best Spoken Word artist at the 2021 Kansas City People’s Choice Awards in August. She plans to release her first book “Tell My Son, Thank You” and the follow up “ Was it Something I Said?!” in 2022. Outside of being a spoken word artist, Tiara is also a program coordinator for Poetry for Personal Power and the proud mother of a seven-year-old son, Tristian.